Here are three short films about the work of the Trust, the first filmed in 2015, the second a couple of years earlier. There is also a third which focuses on our ‘Making The Transition’ partnership with the PFA. For other background, read on below.
The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in the summer of 2012 following Tom’s tragic death. Its initial objects were to try to provide low level financial support for young cricketers making their way in the game. Over the period in which the Trust has been operating, though, this has expanded and our work is now focused on three key areas:
We support applications from young aspiring sports people looking for support with different aspects of their career development, including bursaries, help with training and some aspects of their education, financial support for overseas placements and assistance with kit and equipment.
Education and Awareness
We work with other agencies, including the Professional Cricketers’ Association in England and Wales, the Rugby Players’ Association in England, the Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association and the Welsh Rugby Union Under-18s and Under-20s, the Professional Footballers’ Association in England and the Ladies European Tour golf, to provide support for raising awareness of some of the pitfalls of a career in sport, helping with education, induction and careers programmes for young professionals making their way in sport.
Tom Maynard Academy
We run an Academy in Tom’s name at the Desert Springs complex in Southern Spain, where up to a dozen emerging county cricket professionals benefit each February from specialist technical and conditioning work, overseen by Tom’s father Matthew, and supported by high profile names in the world of cricket, including Ian Harvey, Paul Nixon and Jamie Dalrymple.
WHO WE ARE
The Trust has five appointed Trustees:
Martyn Ryan (Chairman)
Martyn is a former Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Genesis Investment Management, having joined them in 1994 after holding positions with Chuo Trust International, Kitcat & Aitken, Morgan Grenfell and Schroder’s. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Martyn is a Director at Cardiff Blues and a former player and administrator with London Welsh RFC. He is Chairman of the Welsh Exiles, Chairman of Cardiff RFC and on the board at Cardiff Blues, as well as sitting on the WRU’s Game Policy and Audit Committees. He is also a benefactor of Glamorgan Cricket, a Trustee of the rugby-related charity, Touraid, and, according to his fellow Trustees, after studying for an Executive MBA at Harvard, is clearly now something of an academic learning junkie. Originally from Penarth, he divides his time between London and Cardiff.
Richard is the Chairman of M&CSaatchiMerlin. He is also Chairman of Surrey Cricket and Oval Events Ltd, Chairman of Debrett’s People of Today and Chairman of the Mama Group PLC, the UK’s largest independent music and live venue and festivals business. He sits on the NSPCC Sports & Entertainment board, was a Princess Youth Business Trust mentor for many years and was elected to the Management Board of the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2013. Like Matthew and Jason, he rode in both the Cardiff to Oval bike ride in August 2012 and in both of the PCA/Trust Big Bike Rides in October 2013 and October 2015. He lives in Wimbledon.
Jason is a former professional cricketer with first Warwickshire (1988-1994) and then Surrey (1995-2002), winning the County Championship with both counties as well as picking up medals in all three domestic forms of the game. After retiring through injury he embarked on a career in cricket administration and is currently Assistant Chief Executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association. He is also a Trustee of the PCA Benevolent Fund, Vice Chair of Governors at Kingham Primary School in Oxfordshire and, to his eternal satisfaction, saw his beloved Birmingham City win the League Cup at Wembley in 2011. He lives in Oxfordshire.
Matthew played cricket for Glamorgan from 1985 to 2005, winning three one-day titles, scoring a century in a Lord’s Final in 2000, and captaining the county to only its third ever County Championship title in 1997. He represented England in four Test matches and 14 One-Day Internationals. He was Assistant Coach when England regained the Ashes in 2005 for the first time in 18 years and he enjoyed a highly successful two years as Head Coach of the Nashua Titans in South Africa, winning both four-day and one-day titles and twice qualifying for the Champions League. A former Director of Cricket at Glamorgan and coach for the St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean T20 competition, he has been Director of Cricket at Somerset since 2014. He lives in Pentyrch and Taunton, but has yet to see Manchester City win at Wembley.
Mike worked at Glamorgan Cricket for 23 years from 1986, including 13 years as Chief Executive from 1995. He is also a former Chief Executive of Welsh Netball. He now runs his own business – Highbury Management – working as an HR and organisation development consultant. As the Trust’s Company Secretary he provides the primary administrative support for the charity. Like Jason, but unlike Matthew, he has seen his beloved Arsenal win at Wembley, and on many occasions at the Millennium Stadium as well, but to his eternal embarrassment he also saw them lose the 2011 League Cup Final, the shame of which he has only just about come to terms with. The subject never comes up at Trustees’ meetings. When he’s not out watching live football or music, he can be found with his head in a book in Cardiff.
Financial support is provided by Carston Accountants in Cardiff. The Trustees are particularly grateful to Jon Rees in particular for his fantastic continued support.
The Trust has so far appointed four Patrons:
Andrew played in 79 Test matches and 141 One-Day Internationals in an England career which spanned eleven years, and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2005 for his exploits over an Ashes summer. Like Messrs Gillespie, Vaughan and Maynard, he has been a Wisden Cricketer of the Year and since retiring from cricket has had an active and varied career encompassing such diverse activities as being a panel game captain in A League of Their Own, boxing, media and promotional work. An active Patron, ‘Fred’ joined the riders on the Cardiff/Oval bike ride for the Trust in 2012 and cycled a leg of the Big Bike Ride in 2013.
Jason played in 71 Tests and 97 One-Day Internationals for Australia in a career which included playing one season for Glamorgan in 2008 in the same side as Tom, at a time when Matthew was Director of Cricket at the county. A keen promoter of the work of the Trust, Jason also played for his native South Australia and for Yorkshire, where he is now their highly-respected First Team Coach, overseeing County Championship titles in both 2014 and 2015. His haul of 259 Test wickets leaves him sixth on the all-time list of Australian bowlers and he is also the proud scorer of a Test match double century, 201 against Bangladesh on his last Test appearance in 2006.
Michael was captain when England won the Ashes back in 2005 after a period of 18 years in Australian hands, working with Tom’s father Matthew, who was Assistant Coach to that side. A proud Yorkshireman, he played in 82 Tests and 86 One-Day Internationals for England in all and was awarded the OBE in 2005. Since retiring from the game in 2009, he has developed a diverse career, helping out at Yorkshire, mentoring the England Under-19s, also working in sports management for ISM and as a respected pundit on the BBC’s Test Match Special.
Rhys played 44 rugby union internationals for Wales, having made his debut against Ireland in Dublin in 2000, scoring 18 tries in his international career. He represented Wales in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, was a member of Wales’s Grand Slam-winning squad in 2005 and captained the Cardiff Blues in the 2005/06 season. He is currently President of the Welsh Rugby Players’ Association and Commercial Manager at Cardiff Blues rugby. He has participated in two l’Etapes du Tour to raise funds for the Trust and has played for the Maynard XI at the annual St Fagans Cricket Club fundraiser.